On Tuesday 21st July the High Court in London will once again hear the case against Lincolnshire County Council’s plans to get rid of staff from most of its libraries.
Following the High Court’s judgement a year ago to quash Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to withdraw staff from the majority of its libraries and either close them or hand them over to volunteers, the County Council is back in court.
This is due to its failure to make any changes to its political plans to force communities to take on the County Council’s statutory responsibility to run a comprehensive library service across Lincolnshire.
Speaking on behalf of Save Lincolnshire Libraries, John Hough said “We appeal to the County Council even at this late hour to discuss with Simon Draper and Save Lincolnshire Libraries a way out of legal proceedings that are costly and unnecessary.
“Despite repeated attempts to get the Council to come to the table to discuss the issues they have refused to engage with the people of Lincolnshire on finding a way forward for the library service that offers an alternative to closure or to withdrawing valued and experienced staff from the existing libraries.
“No one chooses to take court action but Tuesday’s hearing is a direct result of Lincolnshire County Council’s refusal to properly consider that there are alternatives to its dogmatic insistence on seeking volunteers to run 30 or so libraries.”